In June the Mayor’s office and a group of his appointees announced the commitment of a $1.93 million loan to Integrated Services LLC for a proposed development of 21 apartment units in Norton Commons. The announcement was made without my involvement nor was I notified. The decision to loan this group nearly $2 million in funds was also made without Metro Council review or approval. As a result of this announcement, I contacted Mr. Gabe Fritz (Mayor’s Director of the Office of Housing and Community Development) as well as Ms. Deborah Bilitski (Mayor’s Director of Develop Louisville) to inquire about this decision, the expected results from the proposal as well as the rules surrounding the use and conditions for the use of these funds.
The Metro Council, much like the Norton Commons management, has no ability to stop this project. The planning and funding for this 21 unit project was devised and announced without our involvement, much less our approval. After speaking with Norton Commons’ management and many property owners on both sides of the issue, I further researched the subject.
The Norton Commons development is a planning and design success. I share your concerns regarding any actions that might detract from its overall value or the valuation of any particular property. Those asking questions and seeking answers have every right to do so, but I would simply ask that all persons please remember to keep the discourse civil as the process proceeds.